The Hassyan Energy JV between Dubai utility Dewa (51%) and Saudi private power developer Acwa (49%) has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to Chinese state firm Harbin Electric and US conglomerate General Electric to build the 2.4GW Hassyan-1 coal-fired power plant in Dubai.

Acwa claims Hassyan-1 will be “the first clean coal power plant in the Middle East.” It will incorporate four GE 600MW supercritical steam generators, which promise higher...